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Scrap Paper Woven Basket 

Written By: RePlayGround 


Pencil (1) 

Ruler (1) 

Scissors (1) 

clothespins or binder clips (1) 

toothpicks or a paintbrush (1) 


a few large pieces of scrap paper (1) 
you can use gift wrap, newspaper pages, 
or an old map 

Strin g (1) 


This basket makes a great case for recycling. It's the perfect project for large pieces of 
scrap paper like gift wrap and newspaper. Even old maps can be transformed into beautiful 
new baskets like this woven map basket project. 

Weaving a basket is the perfect way to combine a traditional crafting technique with 
upcycled materials. It's like recycling with a twist! 

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Scrap Paper Woven Basket 

Step 1 — Scrap Paper Woven Basket 

• Cut your wrapping paper into 28 
strips that are 2 inches wide by 24 
inches long. 

Step 2 







• Fold one strip in half lengthwise 
with the printed side facing out. 
Open it back up. Fold both sides of 
the strip in toward the center fold 

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Step 3 


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• Fold the strip in half lengthwise 
again so that you have a Vfe inch 
wide, neatly folded strip. Repeat 
steps 2 and 3 for all the strips of 

Step 4 

7 pieces with 7 pieces with 
open edge facing open edge facing 
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• On a flat surface, arrange seven 
strips vertically, with the open edge 
facing right. Then, to the right of 
those seven strips, arrange seven 
more strips with the open edge 
facing left. The two center strips 
will have their openings facing each 
other. With your strips vertical, 
place a ruler about inch down 
from the top to hold them in place. 

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Step 5 



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7 pieces with 

open edge 

feeing down 

7 pieces with 

open edge 

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• Next to the vertical arrangement, 
lay out strips horizontally just as 
you did in step 4 vertically. The two 
center strips will be facing each 
other, and all other strips will be 
open toward the center. 

Step 6 

• Weave the horizontal strips in 
order from top to bottom in your 
arrangement. Start on the left side 
of your vertical strip arrangement 
and weave your horizontal strip 
over the first strip, and then under 
the second strip. Continue weaving 
until you get through all the vertical 
strips. Next, start weaving the 
horizontal strips. Tighten up any 

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Step 7 

• Cut a piece of string 70 inches 
long. Tie the middle of the string 
around one of your end strips at the 
corner of the woven square. Then 
weave the string over and under 
each strip around the perimeter of 
your square. Then weave the other 
end of the string, opposite under 
and over from the first weave. This 
keeps the basket bottom secure. 

Step 8 

• The next step is to fold a diamond 
shape within the woven square that 
you just made. Take a ruler and 
place it at a 45-degree angle. Count 
seven strips in toward the middle 
and seven strips down from the 
top. Place your ruler edge here. 
Fold the woven square up at the 
ruler edge. Repeat this for the other 
3 sides to create the base of your 

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Step 9 

• Working on one side of the basket 
at a time, cross the two center 
strips. Then cross the second- 
from-center pieces across the 
center and over each other. Weave 
them through the center strips you 
just folded. 

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Step 10 

• Next, fold the third-from-center 
pieces and cross them, weaving 
them through the other folded 
strips. Continue doing this until you 
have a woven diamond shape on 
each side of the square. The 
original corners of your square will 
bend up as you tighten the weaves 
against each other. 

• The diamond you folded in step 8 
will become the new base of your 
basket. While you work, tighten the 
weaves as you go along. It helps to 
clip the strips you've already 
woven with clothespins or binder 
clips and focus working on one 
area at a time. 

• Continue weaving around the entire 
basket until it starts to take shape 
and you've woven all the strips in 
the manner described in this step. 

Step 11 

• Now, working around the basket, tighten your weaves one last time from the bottom of the 
basket to the top. You can slip a toothpick or the end of a paintbrush under each weave to 
help pull it snug. This can be tedious, but it will help make the final product nice and 
strong, so be patient! 

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Step 12 

• Finish off the edges of the basket. Start with one side of the basket and fold the center 
strip over the last strip that it crossed. Then, weave this folded strip in and out of three or 
four woven strips on the inside of the basket. Once it's secure, trim the strip with your 
scissors. Repeat this for the rest of the strips on the basket. 

This gift wrap basket makes a great gift itself! 

This document was last generated on 2012-11-01 02:26:22 AM. 

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